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Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 2:45 pm  |  33 responses

Knicks Owner James Dolan Expects to Win the NBA Title

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

With the exception of the most fanatical of New York Knicks supporters (and the immortal JR Smith), it seems that the only person who expects the team to walk away with the Larry O’Brien trophy this season, is the guy who signs everyone’s paycheck.

Team owner and Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan reportedly set the impossibly high bar in a recent meeting with Knicks coaches and front-office executives.

Per the NY Daily News and ESPN:

When James Dolan sat down with the coaching staff earlier this month, his message to the group was plain and simple, and yes, somewhat unrealistic. “He said he believes the team is good enough to win a championship,” says a person with knowledge of the meeting. “That’s what he thinks.”

“He told them he believes they have enough talent to win it all,” one source said, “and he expects it to happen this year.” [...] “A few people were a bit surprised, taken aback. But he’s the owner. He has a right to expect it,” one source said.

Head coach Mike Woodson continues to say the Knicks are good enough to be in the hunt for the NBA title, and newly hired GM Steve Mills wouldn’t confirm or deny that Dolan delivered the championship-or-else edict.

New York won 54 games last season and grabbed the second Playoff seed in the East, before flaming out in the postseason. While many of their top rivals in the conference improved over the summer, the Knicks were hamstrung by the salary cap and don’t appear poised to bring an end to their 40-year championship drought.

As usual, James Dolan’s demands and expectations are completely out of touch with the reality facing his team.

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  • trent

    …he might want to lower those expectations.

  • Max

    Not gonna happen.

  • http://www.ysthedj.com/ YS

    hahahahahaha

  • danpowers

    cocaine is one hell of a drug

  • LakeShow

    In this order:

    MIA
    IND
    CHI
    OKC
    BKN
    SAS
    LAC
    NYK

  • j

    he might be as delusional as he is rich

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    We as human beings expect a lot of things, then reality ensues.

  • bike

    Either they win the chip, or he brings Isiah back as team president.

  • LLC#12

    They aren’t even gonna be a top 4 seed in their own conference. The West is much more open than the East, I’d be surprised if Miami didn’t make the finals, but in the West, there’s a few teams that I wouldn’t be surprised to see make it.

  • @iamMrjump

    After I saw the heading for this particular post I was waiting to read the commentary and @danpowers:disqus said it best…. “Cocaine is one hell of a drug”

  • bball knowledge

    Rockets are better than the Clippers.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, you may have a point.

    Warriors might be better than both of them too.

  • bball knowledge

    Blake and Jordan cant guard a healthy Dwight Howard and if they double team Howard, Harden and Parson and other shooters are roaming the perimeter for open shots.

    Golden State has a good chance as well if Curry (offense) and Bogut (defense) can stay healthy.

  • LakeShow

    Indeed.

  • jaycee

    SAS always underestimated. They should be top 2 with an * or something lol.

    I really like the Belli pickup.

  • Doug

    When I was a kid I expected to be an astronaut…good luck Nolan

  • Saleem Rainman

    Spurs are a second and worst to me.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Sad thing is theres a chance he completely blows it up and fired the coach and new GM and such if this unrealistic expectation does not materialize.

  • Cortez Mack

    Only on NBA 2k14.

    …after a couple of (unrealistic) trades.

  • Caboose

    Teams ahead of them in order…
    Clippers
    Heat
    Thunder
    Spurs
    Pacers
    Bulls
    Rockets
    Warriors
    Grizzlies
    Nets
    Yeah, Knicks aren’t even in the top 30% of teams.

  • Smits#45

    Nicely said. I don’t see them beating any of these teams four times. Maybe, just maybe, with a bit of luck they can beat the Clippers but I’m sure that most would disagree with me.

  • Caboose

    Yikes, Knicks over Rockets? Nets over Spurs AND Clips?

  • Caboose

    CP is in beast mode this year, what with Doc behind him now. The Clips are gonna be deadly.

  • Smits#45

    Like I said it would most likely not happen. Besides, Knicks and Clippers against each other in the Playoffs would mean that both of them are in the Finals and that won’t happen. My motivation behind my statement however was that I believe that the Clippers (as wel as the Knicks) haven’t shown the ability to “grow” during a series by making the right adjustments. In other words: they can only plan one game, their own game. The Clippers have improved significantly whereas the Knicks haven’t so yeah your order is probably right.

  • Caboose

    That lack of adjustment owes to Vinny Del Negro and his TERRIBLE style of coaching. Doc is a pro. I have absolutely no doubt that he could adapt to damn near any team that the Clips see. With Doc running CP, and vice versa, I’m not concerned about a static LAC team.

  • Smits#45

    I hope so, I’ve always felt these last few years (and still do) that the Clippers have potential. A coach like Rivers was the final and most crucial piece they needed.

  • i_ball

    I think you have the Nets too low. The only doubtful thing about them is Jason Kidd’s coaching.
    After all they have their starting 5 in the top 50 and their bench is deep

  • Caboose

    Health. Health is the biggie. Deron is still injured, Brook played 5 games 2 seasons ago, KG has missed at least 10% of games for the past 5 years, and Joe missed 10 games last year. I worry that the health aspect is gonna be an issue developing continuity. Especially with Kidd at the helm.

  • You Know

    You guys are acting so shocked by this, Hell even Michael Jordan expects his Bobcats to win a championship

  • LakeShow

    Umm, yeah, maybe, I don’t know. Neither do you.

    It’s not like it’s a large margin.

    You think the Clippers are allot better than the Net’s? The Net’s we know can play defense, something uncertain about the Clips.

  • LakeShow

    Why? They weren’t 3 years ago? Why now? I don’t think Manu will be better than last season and I can’t imagine Timmy being as good as last year at 37 or 38 or whatever. Danny Green and Leonard are really good, but not enough to make them top 2-3 favorites in my perspective.

    But their zombies… I understand why you would think that fully. I don’t think you’re wrong, but I see it differently.

    If they are in the Finals I won’t be surprised…

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